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TheÂ Museum of Arte ÃštilÂ is a collaboration between the artistÂ Tania Bruguera, theQueens Museum of Art, New YorkÂ and theÂ Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The Museum of Arte Ãštil is the result of Tania Brugueraâ€™s decade of research into a concept that emphasizes effectiveness and implementation over representation, looking at historical and contemporary examples of alternative strands in socially informed art practice.
ÃštilÂ as a term refers to something being useful. But it goes further than the English translation, encompassing the idea of a tool or device. Bruguera states that â€œArte Ãštil moves beyond a propositional format, into one that actively creates, develops and implements new functionalities to benefit society at large.â€
The project will compriseÂ research, an online platform, an association of Arte Ãštil practitioners, a series of public projects, a lab presentation at the Queens Museum of Art beginning in February 2013, culminating in the transformation of the old building of the Van Abbemuseum into the Museum of Arte Ãštil in the Fall of 2013Â andÂ a publication. The aim is to present a survey of past and present projects that are rooted in the notion of artâ€™s use to its users and to society at large. Central to the projectâ€™s various forms is thisÂ open call.
The notion of what constitutes Arte Ãštil has been arrived at via a set of criteria that Bruguera and the participating museumsâ€™ curators have formulated. These criteria will set the parameters of the project and its working methodology. Arte Ãštil projects should:
- Propose new uses for art within society
- Challenge the field within which it operates (civic, legislative, pedagogical, scientific, economic, etc)
- Be â€˜timing specificâ€™, responding to current urgencies
- Be implemented and function in real situations
- Replace authors with initiators and spectators with users
- Have practical, beneficial outcomes for its users
- Pursue sustainability whilst adapting to changing conditions
- Re-establish aesthetics as a system of transformation
The publicÂ is invited to submit information on past or ongoing projects that align with these criteria. Submitted projects should meet as many of these criteria as possible. The selected projects will be listed onÂ the website, to be launched in February and will be considered for inclusion in the artist association, the exhibition at the Queens Museum, the Van Abbemuseum, and/or the publication. Projects can be submitted by anyone, from any field, and need not be submitted by the initiators of the project.
The deadline for project submissions is 15th February 2013.
Click hereÂ for the submission form.
For questions, contact:Â opencall [at] arteutil [dot] net
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